Matt Neff (MFA Alum) in group show in Philly! Opening on Sept 11


August 25 - October 8, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday  September 11,  5 – 7:30 PM

Brock Enright
Alison Knowles
Kate Levant
Chris Martin
Justin Matherly
Win McCarthy
Jim McWilliams
Matt Neff
Karyn Olivier
Holt Quentel
Terry Riley
Dieter Roth
Michael E. Smith
Michael Williams
Erwin Wurm

The Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery of the University of the Arts is pleased to present Roth, in homage to the first Dieter Roth exhibition in the United States fifty years ago at Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts). The polymathic artist Dieter Roth (1930 – 1998) was a master of many genres and was one of the most influential models in late Twentieth Century art. During Roth’s stay in Philadelphia working with the master printer Eugene Feldman and especially Jim McWilliams, Roth completed thousands of printed, photographic and hand drawn pages which later became the basis of Roth’s book Snow. At the same time his debauched antics made him the bête noire of several American cities and campuses.

Roth’s early work could be almost minimal, dealing with a few lines of text, geometric and die cut, comprising many volumes of books (both unique and published in editions), sculptural or environmental. He often layered his imagery and his materials, some of which were organic and open to abject putrefaction. Comic and sexual imagery, hand-drawn or consisting of multiple versions of throw-away printings were all part of his practice. Towards the end, he documented his studio life on video, which was shown in real time on banks of monitors.

In recognition of Roth’s local sojourn, we have (in addition to Roth) included the following sympathetic artists: Brock Enright, Alison Knowles, Kate Levant, Chris Martin, Justin Matherly, Win McCarthy, Jim McWilliams, Matt Neff, Karyn Olivier, Holt Quentel, Terry Riley, Michael E. Smith, Michael Williams, and Ervin Wurm.

Roth’s works are in the collections of numerous institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris and Musee des Beaux de Nantes, France; Hamberger Kunsthalle, Hamberg, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Museum fur angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt; Ludwig Museum Cologne, Germany; Kunsthaus Zurich; Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Spain; Tate Gallery, London among others.

This exhibition is free and open to the public.  

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